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DBTA 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data

Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural “DBTA 100,” a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Regulatory mandates that specify the way information is captured and protected and how long it must be retained have caused companies to amass data at levels thought unimaginable in the past. Compounding this trend is the data pouring from machines, the web, and social media.

The extent to which data is growing was underscored by a 2011 survey conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Oracle among 611 members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey found that for close to 1 out of 10 respondents, the total amount of online (disk-resident) data they manage—taking into account all clones, snapshots, replicas, and backups—topped a petabyte. The same study found that more than one-third of respondents’ companies are storing data in their systems for more than 7 years due to either their company’s own policies or external compliance mandates, and 12% say they just hold on to their data … indefinitely.

The phenomenon that has resulted from the ensuing variety, velocity, and volume of information is called “big data.” And while that term is overused, it is only because it is such a ubiquitous force. 

Business leaders want to do more than simply store all that data for compliance purposes. They seek to derive value and insight from it for competitive advantage. As a result, rampant data growth and the need for solutions to handle it have provided an impetus for IT innovation.

Would there be Hadoop and MapReduce without the need to analyze data stores too vast and varied for a standard data warehouse? Would NoSQL databases (Key/Value, Graph, Document, and Column) have become a force without the need to organize and exploit unstructured data in myriad forms? Would cloud and software as a service have evolved without the pressure to scale elastically, deploy quickly, and provide anywhere, anytime access to information?

Yet, as new technologies have emerged, proven data management approaches have also held their ground. NoSQL and NewSQL technologies are supplementing, not replacing, relational database management systems. Data integration is becoming more important than ever along with business intelligence solutions that can handle both structured and unstructured data. Companies that have based their businesses on tried and true MultiValue technology (sometimes referred to as the fifth NoSQL database) continue to do so while also integrating their data with relational data stores. And what value would any of this information hold without solutions to cleanse and deduplicate it, and the ability to keep it secure from outside hackers and internal privileged users?

Against this swirling backdrop, the staff of DBTA set out to create a list of 100 companies that matter in data. DBTA decided to focus strictly on companies that provide a product or service related to data management. Some of the companies have been around longer than any of us can remember. They provide technologies and services that have been on the market for many years and do so exceptionally well. Others are new on the scene or have game-changing approaches that are not yet widely embraced.

Here, and on the following web pages is the DBTA list of 100 companies that matter most in data. We encourage you to learn more about why these vendors were selected by visiting their websites. In addition, DBTA View From the Top articles from sponsors provide special messages from executives themselves on what makes their companies unique.

Company Name Top Executive Executive Commentary
1010data, Inc. Sandy Steier, CEO & Co-Founder  
10gen, Inc. Dwight Merriman, Chairman & Co-Founder  
Actian Corp. (Formerly Ingres Corp.) Steve Shine, CEO & President  
Actuate Corp. Nicolas C. Nierenberg, Chairman of the Board & Chief Architect  
AddressDoctor—An Informatica Company Steffen Niehues, General Manager View From the Top
Aerospike, Inc. (Formerly Citrusleaf) Brian Bulkowski, Founder & CTO  
Alteryx, Inc. (Formerly SRC) Dean Stoecker, Chairman & CEO  
Amazon.com, Inc. Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO  
Appfluent Technology Frank Gelbart, President & CEO  
Application Security, Inc. Jack Hembrough, President & CEO  
Attachmate Kathleen Owens, President & General Manager—Attachmate Business Unit of The Attachmate Group View From the Top
Attivio, Inc. Ali I. Riaz, CEO  
Attunity Ltd. Shimon Alon, Chairman & CEO  
Basho Technologies, Inc. Greg Collins, President & CEO View From the Top
Birst, Inc. Brad Peters, CEO & Co-Founder  
BMC Software, Inc. Robert E. Beauchamp, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO  
CA Technologies Michael P. Gregoire, CEO View From the Top
Cloudant Alan Hoffman, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer  
Cloudera, Inc. Mike Olson, CEO  
Clustrix, Inc. Robin Purohit, President & CEO View From the Top
CodeFutures Corp. Cory Isaacson, CEO  
Composite Software, Inc. Jim Green, Chairman & CEO View From the Top
Compuware Corp. Joseph Angileri, President & COO View From the Top
Confio Software Matt Larson, CEO View From the Top
Continuent, Inc. Robert Hodges, CEO View From the Top
Couchbase, Inc. Bob Wiederhold, President & CEO  
Datameer, Inc. Stefan Groschupf, CEO  
DataStax Billy Bosworth, CEO  
DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.) Scott Hayes, President & CEO View From the Top
Dell, Inc. Michael S. Dell, Chairman of the Board & CEO  
Delphix Jedidiah Yueh, President & CEO View From the Top
Denodo Technologies Angel Viña, CEO & Founder  
Domo, Inc. Josh James, Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board  
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. Wayne D. Williams, CEO View From the Top
EMC Corp. Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman & CEO  
EnterpriseDB Corp. Ed Boyajian, President & CEO View From the Top
Entrinsik, Inc. Doug Leupen, President & CEO  
Fusion-io, Inc. David A. Flynn, Co-Founder, CEO & President  
Gazzang, Inc. Larry Warnock, President & CEO  
GenieDB, Inc. Cary Breese, CEO  
Google, Inc. Larry Page, CEO  
Hadapt Justin Borgman, CEO & Co-Founder  
HiT Software, Inc., a BackOffice Associates, LLC Company Giacomo Lorenzin, Managing Director View From the Top
Hortonworks, Inc. Rob Bearden, CEO  
HP (Hewlett-Packard Company) Meg Whitman, CEO & President  
IBM (International Business Machines Corp.) Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO  
Idera, Inc. Randy Jacops, CEO  
Index Engines, Inc. Tim Williams, Founder & CEO  
Infobright Don DeLoach, President & CEO View From the Top
Infochimps Jim Kaskade, Chairman & CEO  
Informatica Corp. Sohaib Abbasi, Chairman & CEO  
JackBe Corp. Ken Krieg, Executive Chairman  
Kalido, Inc. Bill Hewitt, CEO, President & Director  
Karmasphere, Inc. Gail Ennis, CEO  
Kore Technologies Ken Dickinson & Mark Dobransky, Co-Founders & Managing Partners View From the Top
KXEN John Ball, CEO  
Lavastorm Analytics Drew Rockwell, CEO  
LexisNexis, A Member of Reed Elsevier Mike Walsh, CEO, Global Legal; Mark Kelsey, CEO, Risk Solutions  
Logi Analytics (Formerly LogiXML) Brett Jackson, President & CEO  
LucidWorks Paul Doscher, President & CEO  
MapR Technologies, Inc. John Schroeder, CEO & Co-Founder  
MarkLogic Corp. Gary Bloom, CEO & President View From the Top
McAfeeÑan Intel Company Michael DeCesare, President  
Melissa Data Corp. Raymond F. Melissa, President & Founder  
MemSQL, Inc. Eric Frenkiel, CEO & Co-Founder  
Microsoft Corp. Steve Ballmer, CEO  
MicroStrategy, Inc. Michael Saylor, Chairman & CEO  
Mpower1 International Pete Loveless, Director  
Neo Technology, Inc. Emil Eifrem, CEO  
Ntirety, Inc. Michael Corey, Founder & CEO View From the Top
NuoDB, Inc. Barry Morris, Founder & CEO  
Objectivity, Inc. David Caplan, Chairman View From the Top
Oracle Corp. Lawrence J. Ellison, CEO  
Pentaho Corp. Quentin Gallivan, Chairman & CEO  
Percona, LLC Peter Zaitsev, Founder & CEO View From the Top
Pick Cloud, Inc. Mark Pick, President & CEO  
Platfora, Inc. Ben Werther, Founder & CEO  
Progress Software Corp. Phil Pead, President & CEO  
Rackspace Graham Weston, Chairman & Co-Founder  
RainStor, Inc. John Bantleman, CEO  
Red Gate Software Ltd. Neil Davidson & Simon Galbraith, Co-Founders  
Revelation Software, a Division of Revelation Technologies Mike Ruane, President & CEO  
Revolution Analytics Dave Rich, CEO View From the Top
Rocket Software, Inc. Andy Youniss, President & CEO View From the Top
SAP AG Bill McDermott & Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEOs  
SAS Institute, Inc. Jim Goodnight, CEO  
Security Innovation, Inc. Ed Adams, President & CEO  
SiSense Amit Bendov, CEO & Board Member  
SnapLogic, Inc. Gaurav Dhillon, Chairman & CEO View From the Top
Splunk, Inc. Godfrey R. Sullivan, President, CEO & Chairman  
SQLstream, Inc. Damian Black, CEO  
Syncsort, Inc. Flavio Santoni, CEO  
Tableau Software, Inc. Christian Chabot, CEO & Co-Founder  
Talend Jim Foy, CEO & Executive Chairman  
Teradata Corp. Michael Koehler, President & CEO  
Terracotta, Inc., Subsidiary of Software AG Robin Gilthorpe, CEO View From the Top
TIBCO Software, Inc. Vivek Ranadivé, Chairman & CEO  
TransLattice, Inc. Frank Huerta, CEO & Co-Founder  
VoltDB Bruce Reading, President & CEO  
Yellowfin International Pty Ltd. Glen Rabie, CEO & Co-Founder View From the Top

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